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Horse Tracks: There is more to the NFL Draft than Christian McCaffrey

Two hundred and fifty-five other players will be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but for some reason, Broncos Country has their sights set solely on Stanford playmaker Christian McCaffrey.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The Denver Broncos will have a lot of selections in the 2017 NFL Draft, but for whatever reason, some fans are already setting themselves up for disaster with their incessant pining for Stanford playmaker Christian McCaffrey to be the teams' first-round pick when April comes.

We get it. McCaffrey is essentially Broncos royalty. It is also worth noting that he is a tremendous prospect who has immense value as a runner, receiver and returner. If selected, Denver would be getting a high character player with the ability to make an impact several phases of the game as a rookie.

I have no doubts that he will be an impact player in the NFL, but I'm befuddled as to why people are up in arms when an alternative prospect is mentioned for consideration with the Broncos' top pick in the draft.

The Broncos are in desperate need of talent all over the board on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end, wide receiver, offensive line and running back — which is why they are being diligent with their scouting and interviewing of players at the Senior Bowl, other collegiate All-Star games and most certainly the NFL Combine when it is up and running.

If the Broncos opt for a prospect like Alabama tight end O.J. Howard over McCaffrey come April, it won't be a failure.  If they choose someone else at the position, such as Florida State's Dalvin Cook — it won't be a sufficient reason for fans to storm Dove Valley with picket signs and a will to protest. This is a deep draft at both positions, and I'd bet dollars to donuts the team walks away in April having addressed both with their bounty of selections.

At the end of the day, John Elway and his staff will prioritize who they believe can have the biggest impact long-term for their franchise when they assemble and finalize their draft board over the next few months. McCaffrey is just one of two hundred and fifty-six young men who will have the honor of receiving a gracious phone call informing them that their new journey has just begun. Hundreds more will make their way into the league by signing with teams as free agents shortly after the draft ends.

That being said, there are many great prospects merit consideration for Denver early on in the draft, not just McCaffrey. It won't be the end of the world or worth hitting the panic button over if that call doesn't come from the Broncos, and he finds himself wearing another teams' uniform for his NFL career.

Relax friends. The NFL Draft is going to be a wonderful ride.  Buckle up and get ready for some fun.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.

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